Lakewood Speedway was a 1 mile dirt oval located on the Southeastern Fairgrounds, around the Poole's Creek Reservoir. At various times a 1/4 mile dirt oval ("Little Lakewood") and a 1/4 mile dirt dragstrip also operated here. The track was located in Atlanta, Georgia. Thanks to Scott K for locating some of the aerial imagery for this track.
The Southeastern Fairgrounds were built in 1915 with a 1 mile horse track. The first auto race was a match race between Ralph DePalma and Barney Oldfield on July 28th, 1917. Auto racing continued until October 2nd, 1941 and resumed after the war, running from September 2nd, 1945 through September 3rd, 1979.
The 1/4 mile dirt oval operated from July 11th, 1946 through 1948, again in 1951, and finally on May 28th, 1966.
The 1/4 mile dirt dragstrip operated from April 24th, 1954 though 1957, and was the site of the first organized drag race in Georgia.
|Gordon Eliot White, Lost Race Tracks: Treasures of Automobile Racing. Hudson, Wisconsin: Iconographix, 2006 , ISBN 1583880844 , pp. 29. Order from Powell's Books|
|Alan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 , pp. 224. Order from National Speedway Directory|
Lakewood Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
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